Entertaiment is the act of entertaining or providing an agreeable or diverting occupation for the mind: e.g., solving a crossword puzzle. It also refers to something affording pleasure, diversion, or amusement, such as a performance: e.g., attending a play or ball. It may also refer to hospitable provision for the needs and wants of guests: e.g., a restaurant offering entertainment.
The suffix -ment is a common one for forming nouns from verb stems in English (as in amazement, betterment, merriment) and was derived from Latin mentum, an appendage of varying length used with verbal roots to form nouns describing the result or consequence of the action. It is now more generally replaced by -i-, as in amazement, betterment and merriment.
According to Bates and Ferri (2010), entertainment is an activity understood objectively, which includes communication between text and audience from an external stimulus, offers pleasure, requires an audience and occurs in a passive form. The meaning of entertainment is highly subjective and it is important to note that what is considered as entertainment for one person might be considered a burden by another.